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  • World of Warcraft
  • 620 Monthly Downloads
  • Supports: 5.2.0
  • 15,670 Total Downloads
  • Updated 03/12/2013
  • Created 09/16/2011
  • 150 Favorites
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  • Release Type: Inactive
  • License: MIT License
  • Newest File: 1.0.7
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About AdvancedIconSelector

AdvancedIconSelector is a complete replacement for the standard Blizzard macro / equipment set icon selector. It has a built-in search feature and an optional keywords library to make finding the right icon for your new macro or equipment set as easy as conjured mana pie!

This addon has several goals:

  • To make the icon selector dialog resizeable, so you can see more icons at once.
  • To allow searching by icon filename.
  • To allow searching by addon-defined keywords (like "fire" or "cat").
  • To make its icon selector available to other addons via its shared library

The keyword library that comes with AdvancedIconSelector specifies search terms for the 1200+ icons which can be used for macros and equipment sets. This library does not load until it's needed, so you don't have to worry about it adversely affecting your loading time. (it usually takes less than 0.1 seconds anyway)


If enabled, AdvancedIconSelector will automatically replace the standard Blizzard icon dialogs. You can also type /icons or /ais to browse all the icons available.

If you hover your mouse over an icon, you'll see that icon's ID, filename, as well as which spells make use of it!

You can also filter the icons displayed by typing into the search box. You can use terms like AND, OR, and NOT to better specify what you're looking for - for example, you might search for "cat" to search for all cats, but then refine your search to "cat AND NOT cata" to get rid of all the bogus "Cat"aclysm items that appeared when you searched for "cat". (AND OR NOT can also be specified with , ; ! respectively (and whitespace means AND)... the previous search could also be accomplished with "cat !cata")


  • You can search by spell name! Try typing "arcane intellect"
  • Most icons have color keywords. Try searching for "blue" to view all icons where blue is a prominent color!
  • Many icons have element keywords. Try searching for "fire"!
  • Be careful of substrings - searching for "holy" also yields the results for "unholy" as well!
  • To do pattern matching, place an = in front of a search term: "=%d%d%d" will find all icons that have 3 consecutive digits in the filename or keywords (see for more information)
  • There's no way I can ever enter every single word you could ever think of for every single icon, so you're gonna have to be a little smart about your searches:
    • Use simple keywords whenever possible: "explosion" is more likely to come up with results than "exploding" or "exploded". "flame" or "fire" is better than "flaming". "skull" is better than "skeletal".
    • Use unambiguous terms: "fire" will provide much more helpful results than "magic"... and what I think of as magic may differ from what you think of as magic.
    • Extremely subjective terms like "scary" are very rarely included.
    • I tried to only include keywords like "mouth" if they're significant to the icon, as opposed to including it on every single icon that has a face. Therefore, searching for dull terms like "hair" may yield no useful results since there are no icons where the hair is really emphasized.

Other notes:

  • NOT is processed before AND is processed before OR. Parenthesis are not currently supported.
  • Patterns are matched against LOWERCASE filenames and keywords and cannot contain spaces.
  • Keywords I've added are optimized out if they're part of the filename or another keyword. If a keyword you think should be there is not, check first that it's not part of something else. (i.e., "dead" might not be a keyword if "undead" is part of the filename)
  • Spell data is nearly, but not entirely complete. Most notably missing are hunter pets, mounts, companions, and profession specializations.
  • If you also install AddonLoader (, this addon won't even load until you open the character or macro frame! I highly recommend it, as it may help in the delayed loading of other addons as well!
  • If you're an addon developer, the internal library can be used to provide its searchable icon selection GUI to your own addon (regardless of whether or not this addon is installed)! See AdvancedIconSelector\Libs\LibAdvancedIconSelector-1.0\Readme.txt for details on how to do this.

Check out my other addons:

  • ActionSwap 2 -
    Allows you to triple-spec effectively by swapping out sets of action bar items, glyphs, and even keybindings! (combine it with Talented, which swaps talents!)

Please leave your feedback here on Curse!

v1.0.7 (March 12, 2013)
- Updated for WoW version 5.2

v1.0.6 (September 24, 2012)
- Major keyword library update for Mists of Pandaria.

v1.0.5 (August 29, 2012)
- Added Mists of Pandaria compatibility.

v1.0.4 (March 29, 2012)
- Guild bank tab support added.
- First half of a massive keyword update, adding tons of new keywords for item icons.

v1.0.3 (February 5, 2012)
- Entering a new search parameter now properly scrolls to the top.
- Updated keywords for added / changed icons in recent patches.

v1.0.2 (December 2, 2011)
- Fixed an error that was occurring when creating a new macro (please report such errors when you encounter them!  I can't fix them if I don't realize they are happening!)
- Fixed an issue where the (dynamic) text was being displayed where it shouldn't have been.
- The search text is now cleared upon opening icon windows.

v1.0.1 (November 29, 2011)
- Added support for WoW version 4.3
- The number of icons that can be used for macros and equipment sets has been significantly increased by Blizzard (though most of the new icons currently lack keyword data).  It is now possible to add a fishing pole icon to your fishing equipment set!  Yay!
- Also thanks to Blizzard, spell icons for your class are now gathered at the very top of the macro icon selector to make them easier to find.

v1.0.0 (September 17, 2011)
- Initial release of AdvancedIconSelector


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  • #6
    Guild Bank

    Can you add the guild bank tab icon selection?

  • #20

    Guild bank tab editing is now supported as of version 1.0.4!  Sorry for the delay, but I had to enter a thousand or so item keyword strings before I could make the release! (item icons didn't previously have any keywords at all, since they couldn't originally be used for macros.  Thus, I had to add keywords for tradeskill items, etc - stuff that you'd be likely to use as a guild bank tab icon!)


  • #9

    I haven't forgotten about your request; I've just been busy finishing up a new action/keybinding/glyph swapping addon to be released in the next few days (which, of course, makes use of the advanced icon selector =D )  Your request is next on my list, as soon as I can get a few alts to sign a guild charter so I can actually see the functionality you're talking about XD  (I do need to be guild master, yes?)

  • #15
    Quote from ladysilverwolf01 »

    I would be glad to help assist testing if you need someone who has guild master. I hate hunting through all those icons to find something that pops just the way I want to make me think of what is in the tab. :D

    Thanks for the offer, though I really need to become guild master myself (or at least have guild bank privileges) for this to work.

  • #12
    Re: Bank Icons

    I would be glad to help assist testing if you need someone who has guild master. I hate hunting through all those icons to find something that pops just the way I want to make me think of what is in the tab. :D

  • #7

    Interesting idea... I'll take a look when I'm free and get back to you!

  • #5

    Love this.

  • #4
    It's about time someone did this. Good job!
  • #2
    I like your addon. It's something Blizzard should implement.
  • #3
    It'd be nice, but I doubt they ever will because it'd be a localization nightmare! XD They tend not to release things that are "English only". I'd bet they already have some kind of internal keywords they use to look up artwork, but they'd be VERY informal and inexact (like my keywords ;) ), which makes this kind of thing much better suited for an addon than a formal product.

    Still, it'd be kinda neat! =)
  • #1
    Awesome addon! Waaaay better than the standard macro UI which is quite primitive.
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